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Oisín Coghlan

Oisín Coghlan has been Director of Friends of the Earth Ireland since 2005. Oisín heads the panel of representatives of the Environmental Pillar of Social Partnership and sits on the National Economic and Social Council (NESC). read more

'Shop and Drop' is Next Saturday. And we need your help!

Posted on April 14, 2018 by Oisín Coghlan

Shop and Drop POSTCARD FRONT - FOR WEB

Next Saturday, April 21st, is the Sick Of Plastic Day of Action on Supermarket Packaging. We're asking all our supporters to "Shop and Drop" - shop as normal in your local supermarket and then drop your unwanted packaging at the checkout after you pay.

Hundreds have people have signed up to volunteer outside supermarkets on the day. Thank you so much if you are one of them. And we've had more media interest in this than anything else we have ever organized.

Now we need to make sure it really happens on the day. And we need your help to maximize the impact. Can you:

1. Chip in to cover the costs
2. Volunteer on the day
3. Spread the Word

1. Chip in to cover the costs

Shop and Drop Donate Button

 

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48 hours to get TDs to take quick action on plastic

Posted on January 15, 2018 by Oisín Coghlan

ZWI- plastic petition

Our plastics campaign is off to a flying start.

On Wednesday, TDs and Senators will begin considering the Waste Reduction Bill. It proposes concrete steps to cut plastic waste, like a deposit and return scheme for plastic bottles and a ban or a levy on plastic-lined coffee cups.

We're joining forces with Zero Waste Ireland, VOICE and Uplift to present a petition outside the Dáil to urge TDs to pass the law quickly, before any election derails progress. They have been working on plastics for a while. Now we're adding our weight, and your voice, to the campaign.

Two things you can do:

sign here button

 

Click here to add your name to the petition.

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A scare in time?

Posted on November 02, 2017 by Oisín Coghlan

Ophelia

The scariest thing I saw this Halloween was this new report about carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. The last time CO2 stayed this high, sea levels were 20 metres higher than they are today.

But there is hope . Research also reported this week concludes "an energy transformation big enough and fast enough to curb global warming remains within reach. Better still, we do not need to wait for new inventions to implement the changes we need; the transformation can happen right now".

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Almost there: 24 hours to save our soils!

Posted on September 11, 2017 by Oisín Coghlan

Darina soil2

Since I sent the email below on Thursday, about 1000 people in Ireland have signed the official petition to trigger EU action to protect our soils.

We need about 1000 more to fulfil the Irish quota of the European Citizens' Initiative. And we have until midnight on Tuesday (Brussels time!) to get them.

If you've signed already, thank you. Please do tweet this and share this on Facebook to spread the word.

If you haven't signed yet, your support could tip the balance .

As chef Darina Allen puts it in this video :

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Permanent link | Categories: climatechangewaterbiodiversityfoodandfarmingsoil

Take action to reduce flooding

Posted on September 07, 2017 by Oisín Coghlan

People4Soil petition

We were all shocked and dismayed by the terrible flooding which devastated parts of Donegal and Derry recently which has left families and businesses in ruins. - and the awful thing is it's likely to happen again. [1] The farming community in east Donegal was also badly impacted, with acre upon acre of potato and grain crops washed away and destroyed through the sheer surge of the flood waters. It's hard to know what to do when catastrophic events like this happen. But we can work together to help lessen the impact of flooding like this.

sign here button

Protecting healthy soils reduces flooding.

 

People4Soil petition

 

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Permanent link | Categories: biodiversityfoodandfarming

48 Hours to Save Our Rivers ... And it'll take you less than 5 minutes to do your bit.

Posted on August 29, 2017 by Oisín Coghlan

Save our rivers and coasts!

Ever wonder how clean our rivers and lakes really are?

The bad news is only half our waterways and bays are in good ecological health.

Tell the Government we must do better than this.

What's worse is that the Minister Eoghan Murphy's draft River Basin Management Plan is really weak: over the next three years, he only intends to clean up about 10% of our failing waters.

The public consultation closes on Thursday at 5.30pm. We've made it really easy for you to tell the Government we must do better than this. We need a robust and ambitious plan to protect our waters from pollution and degradation – for nature, for communities, for tourism, and for everyone who enjoys a splash!

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The Revolution is no Picnic. Oh, actually it is ...

Posted on August 16, 2017 by Oisín Coghlan

EP2017poster

Friends of the Earth is bringing our #RunOnSun Energy Revolution campaign to the Electric Picnic again this year.

And there is still time for you to join us, just!

We're holding our big training workshop for volunteers this Saturday from 1-4pm in the Teachers' Club in Dublin. Come along.

You'll be working in pairs at the festival, so feel free to bring a friend on Saturday. If you vouch for them, they're welcome to join us :-).

It'd be great if you could fill out this application form online before Saturday. But you can do it there and then as well.

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Quite a week ... and a Saturday treat

Posted on July 22, 2017 by Oisín Coghlan

Dinner with Darwin - Sunrise swim with the Happy Pear in Greystones
Sunrise swim with the Happy Pear in Greystones

It's been a big week for climate campaigning, and it's not over yet. There's two things I thought you'd like to hear about directly from us.

Action Plan?

The Government published it's first action plan on climate pollution for 10 years on Wednesday, and Friends of the Earth was central to the reaction.

On the plus side the Taoiseach acknowledged in his Foreword that climate action will require a "societal transformation" but the plan does nowhere near enough to kickstart that transformation. In our press release we described as "more of an action promise than an action plan".

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Naughten's climate plan is an 'F'-ing disgrace

Posted on April 19, 2017 by Oisín Coghlan

FoE_F_Rating_2_HiResIf Minister Naughten's draft climate plan was a fridge-freezer it would get an F-rating.

Click here to tell him we want a new plan that we can be proud of.

After 6 years Enda Kenny's Government has finally published a draft climate plan. But it's so awful it's embarrassing. In the face of the greatest threat humanity faces Ireland is looking for a free ride.

It's not really a plan at all, it reads like a discussion document. And it doesn't actually adopt any new actions to reduce Ireland's emissions.

Our political leaders are putting vested interests ahead of the public interest. And they are counting on the public not paying attention.

We want your help to prove them wrong.

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What's possible in just one hour?

Posted on March 24, 2017 by Oisín Coghlan

Earth Rise


This Saturday is the 10th annual Earth Hour, when people turn off their lights in a "a global moment of solidarity for climate action", as President Michael D Higgins called it today.

As a supporter of Friends of the Earth you know that symbols can be important, but they only get you so far in the struggle to shift Ireland to a more sustainable path. Our fight for a fossil free future is fought week in, week out against political indifference, bureaucratic inertia and vested interests.

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